What is Peony Rose?
Peony Rose (Paeonia lactiflora Hybrids) is a deciduous small woody shrub. It is part of the Paeoniaceae family and originated in the China, Tibet and Siberia and now has many named hybrids. Peony Rose are not the easiest plant to grow but with persistence and knowledge and a little support from your garden they are a well worthwhile plant to grow. New shoots will start to sprout in Spring forming into glossy dark green foliage. Where flowering will commence from mid Spring through Summer depending on the variety. Flowers come in shades of white, pink, rose and red. Peony Rose will start to die back and go into dormancy in Autumn. When looking for a position to plant your Peony Rose in the garden look for a space that is part shade to full sun with well draining soil as they don’t like to have wet feet. They like morning sun and should be protected from the scorching afternoon sun. Protection from the wind is also important. They need a cold Winter to achieve full dormancy. Application of some form of lime such as dolomite which is essential for peonies to grow well. Best soil pH is 7-7.5. Add dolomite lime to soil when planting. Choose the right spot for planting as Peony Roses do not like to be transplanted.
Benefits of Growing Peony Rose
Peony Rose are mostly used as perennial border plants that reward with lush blooms in Spring and early Summer while providing interesting foliage for the rest of the season. They are a decorative addition to any cottage garden and their flowers will attract butterflies. They make excellent cut flowers lasting over a week. These blooms are delightfully fragrant and look wonderfully romantic in vases and posies.
How to Grow Peony Rose
Cool, temperate, arid.
When To Plant Peony Rose
Plant in Winter or Early Spring
They like well drained soil, but will tend to flower better in a heavier type of soil. Add lots of organic matter for best results. Prepare the soil with blood and bone, or well broken down compost prior to planting. Application of some form of lime such as dolomite which is essential for peonies to grow well. Best soil pH is 7-7.5. Add dolomite lime to soil when planting. Do not use animal manure as this will make the soil more acidic (the exception is poultry manure).
How To Plant Peony Rose
Plant in part shade to full sun, 30-60cm apart with the rhizome at a depth of 5cm below the surface of the soil. Eyes of root stock must not be buried too deep and should be facing upwards. They are pink in colour.
Peony Rose Plant Care
Keep well watered during the growing period.
Mulch to protect root zone.
Top dress with Dolomite Lime in Winter, and a good layer of blood and bone in Spring and Autumn.
When pruning remove old and broken branches. Peonies don’t like competition plants so removed any grass or weeds that come up around their base.
Botrytis can be a problem in Spring; this can be controlled with regular use of a commercial spray.
Recommended Peony Rose Varieties
The Chinese regard these plants as the Queen of flowers and are thought to represent good fortune, love and prosperity. These great shrubs provide huge blooms against the unique Peony leaves.